Introducing this grand collection of stories from his early years as a writer, John Updike says, 'My only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me - to give the mundane its beautiful due.' It is this ability to see the extraordinary in the everyday, together with his gifts as a storyteller, which have made Updike one of the most admired and critically acclaimed writers at work today.
Gathering together almost all the short fiction that John Updike published between 1953 and 1975, 'The Early Stories' opens with Updike's autobiographical tales of a young boy growing up during the Depression in a small Pennsylvania town. There follow stories about life away from home, student days, early marriage and young families; then domesticity is disrupted by adultery; and in the last section, 'The Single Life', the protagonists are unmarried and unmoored.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 05 / 2004
- 152 x 230mm